About us. . .
Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational
organization founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering
conservation work of author/naturalist
W. Burgess (1874 - 1965). Mr. Burgess, who
was born and grew up in Sandwich, MA., went on to achieve
national and international recognition for his
childrens stories that teach lessons of
conservation and love of wildlife.
Over 170 books and 15,000
stories by Burgess chronicle the tales of Peter Rabbit
and his animal friends, including Jimmy Skunk,
Grandfather Frog, Johnny Chuck, Sammy Jay, Reddy Fox,
Hooty Owl and many others. Through these engaging
stories, generations of young people have learned about
the natural world and have developed an understanding of
the importance of conservation of our natural resources.
The Thornton W. Burgess
Society operates the Green Briar Nature
Center and Jam Kitchen at 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Rte.
6A) in East Sandwich, and the East Sandwich Game Farm.
The former Thornton W. Burgess Museum
in Sandwich Village is now permanently closed to the public.
Please visit our new web site loaded with
pictures and the full history of the
Green Briar Jam
at Green Briar from 10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy fresh strawberries in a
homemade dessert served in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen and view
old fashioned strawberry jam making from 11am-2pm. Fee for dessert
is $4.00. Sample jam tastings in our gift shop. Browse among the
used book sale. Visit the resident animals, stroll the paths of the
Wildflower Garden or walk the trails of the Old Briar Patch.
June 26: ANNUAL MEETING
at Green Briar at 6pm
The Annual Meeting of the Thornton W. Burgess Society will be held
in the Putnam Education Building at Green Briar. All members are
invited. Program and light refreshments will follow a brief meeting.
Please call the office at 508-888-6870 for further details.
BIRD CARVING WORKSHOP – JUNE
27, 28, 29 9am-5pm
Carve and paint a half scale Baltimore Oriole, presented on a carved
base during this three day workshop (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) led by
Carver Steven A. Weaver of Wakeby Wildlife Studios. The workshop
includes the following materials: rough cutout of the half size
Baltimore Oriole, base to carve, glass eyes, material for legs,sandpaper
and paint. Bring sharp knives, paint brushes (#2, #3, and #5 Kolinski)
and a hair dryer. Knives and brushes are available for purchase at the
workshop for those who need them. This workshop is offered to both
beginner and advanced carvers. FEE: Members: $290
See Child Program page for
Burgess Book Club for Children
Meets last Friday of every month from 4:00-5:30pm at Green Briar.
Please register for each month.
The Adventures of Old Mr. Buzzard
$2 per child to cover snack.
are invited to come and complete requirements for badges
and patches. Space is limited, so register early. OVERNIGHTS are
see Family Programs page for complete details
CRITTER CAPERS at Green
ANIMAL STORY TIMES at
Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays - call office
New - just released
The Legacy of
Thornton W. Burgess
By Christie Palmer Lowrance
Education Kits are now
available to be loaned (free of charge) to educators for
a 2 week period. The topics available are: Birds,
Mammals, Honey Bees, Endangered Species, Herps, Rocks &
Minerals, Seashore Life, Dinosaurs & Fossils and Plants.
PLAN YOUR OWN PRIVATE JAM CLASS:
together a group of 6 or more friends for your own private jam
class. Call the office for details 508-888-6870
Mary or Andrea
- or - join one of our regularly scheduled adult or family jam